EMMETT for Dogs

Course Syllabus

(Approved version: 2018)

Level 1

  • Overview and Aim of Workshop
  • About Ross Emmett
  • EMMETT Principles
  • The Chameleon Club – the 7A’s (subconscious triggers for healing)
  • Forearm – People
  • Spinal Balance
  • 12th Rib/Lumbar
  • 13th Rib/Psoas stretch
  • Hamstrings
  • 12th Rib/Hip
  • SCM – People
  • Neck release
  • 13th Rib/Inguinal
  • Shoulder extension
  • Leg extension

Level 2

  • Review of Level 1
  • Latissimus Dorsi – People
  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Rhomboids
  • ITB
  • Sacral Notch/Hip
  • Diaphragm – People
  • Recovery – People
  • Diaphragm
  • Recovery
  • Abdominal release
  • Shoulder/45

Level 3

  • Review of Level 2
  • Pectoralis Minor release – People
  • Pectoralis release
  • Neck/Wither
  • Oesophagus release
  • Shoulder lift
  • Rhomboid/Neck
  • ITB/Sartorius – People
  • Power Push
  • Foot flex – Foreleg
  • Foot flex- Hind leg

Level 4

  • Review of Level 3
  • Gastroc – Calf release – People
  • Spinal Tap
  • Jaw – Tongue
  • Jaw
  • Back release
  • AC/Biceps – People
  • Thigh
  • Hindquarter release
  •  Neck/Chest
  • Deltoid/Neck

Level 5

  • IT Band – people
  • Alternate Hamstring release
  • Alternate Psoas release
  • Patella support
  • Calcaneous – People
  • Dorsum – People
  • Triceps
  • Alternate Hip release
  • Thoracic Spine crossover
  • Latissimus/Adductor crossover
  • Long Back release
  • Bowel release

Level 5 Review/Accreditation

  • Review of Level 5
  • Assessment of applications the technique

Is this the course for me?

This course is suitable for all complementary therapists, Veterinary professionals, coaches or instructors interested in expanding their therapeutic skills. These include:

  • Massage therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Physiotherapists
  • Vetinary Surgeons
  • Vetinary Nurses
  • Osteopaths
  • Bowen therapists
  • Dog Groomers
  • Animal Body Workers

But don’t let that impressive list of professionals put you off because undergraduates and non-therapists are also welcome to attend. There are no pre-requisites and the instructors approach each class as if everyone has the same very basic knowledge, so it’s easy for everyone to keep up with the learning!

Although there is no case study workload, students are encouraged to maintain a reflective journal as a way of self-evaluating their accuracy and process towards creating successful outcomes for clients.

The main complementary therapy insurance companies will cover EMMETT Technique practitioners and students within their existing insurance policies.  Please refer to your insurance company for confirmation.

What will I learn?

You will learn how to apply the EMMETT Technique and how it was developed. You will learn to quickly and effectively assess the areas of tension in your client’s body and how to locate the appropriate EMMETT point requiring desensitisation.  Participants typically comment on how much their anatomy knowledge and understanding deepens as they progress through the course.  The following areas of the body are focused on as these are commonly presented by clients: core muscles, lower back, thoracic back, shoulder, lower legs, foot balance, and symptoms such as decreased flexibility, lack of impulsion and body dis-ease. You will also learn and about the “Chameleon approach” that makes  EMMETT so powerful.

How will I be assessed?

Students are supervised during practice sessions and extra assistance will be offered where required, so all students will become competent and confident with the moves.  Each move will be revised at least once within the context of the training sessions.  A written and practical assessments is offered at the final stage of training at Level 5 Review and a Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded when a pass is achieved.  This qualifies the participant as an EMMETT Technique Practitioner for Dogs. Assessment is optional. A Certificate of Attendance is provided where the student chooses not to be accessed.   Although there is no stated number of case study hours required students are encourage to record their experiences in a reflective-learning journal and ask questions which can be shared and raised at the following level.

Will I be able to use EMMETT with my current therapy?

Definitely, for sure, absolutely!!! Students are encouraged to incorporate the EMMETT Technique with their current skills and not “throw the baby out with the bath water”, thereby enhancing the value of their existing skills.  One of the benefits of the EMMETT Technique is that it provides therapists with complete freedom to integrate the technique with what they know or, under certain circumstances, to use it exclusively.

How does it differ to the Bowen Technique?

Despite the similarities between Tom Bowen and Ross Emmett, the EMMETT Technique is NOT a Bowen Therapy nor a derivation of it.  Developed long before Ross was introduced to Bowen Therapy, the EMMETT Technique is a unique form of body therapy. There is no skin slack; there are no prescribed procedures; instead therapists are encouraged to respond to the client moment by moment. Overwhelming feedback from Bowen Therapists is that the EMMETT Technique has transformed their practice; in particular the speed with which they can effect change for their clients, dramatically improving their results and professional reputation.

Can I use the EMMETT training days as Continued Professional Development?

This will depend on which professional body you have membership of.  If you contact your own association and enquire whether you will be allowed to claim CPD. EMMETT Therapies UK is happy to help by providing them with information about the course for them to evaluate.

Veterinary Act

The Veterinary Act (1966) states it is illegal for any person, other than the owner of the animal, to treat an animal unless the permission of the animals Veterinary Surgeon is sought and obtained. Therefore to protect your dog’s welfare veterinary consent (written or verbal) must be gained prior to Emmett therapy. The EMMETT Technique is an allowable therapy with the RCVS.

Course fees are due in full at least 3 weeks prior to the course start date. Course fees paid within 3 weeks of the course will attract a higher fee. All bookings are subject to a non-refundable element due at the time of booking.

Each two-day Practitioner course has a GBP 300 Early Bird fee. Fees paid within 3 weeks of the course date are charged the Late fee of GBP 340. The non-refundable element is GBP 60.

Each one-day Practitioner course has a GBP 150 Early Bird fee. Fees paid within 3 weeks of the course date are charged the Late fee of GBP 170. The non-refundable element is GBP 30.

When a student chooses to repeat a Module, having already taken and reviewed it, they may repeat any individual Module or any individual day for half price.

The course fees are applicable for both the EMMETT Technique Practitioner Course and the Advanced EMMETT training.

For workshops conducted in Ireland, Euro payments are accepted to the equivalent GBP  value.

Course dates and venues are subject to change. Please keep this in mind when booking transport and accommodation.

Refund and Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations made to 21 days prior to a workshop will receive a full refund (minus the  non-refundable element from April 1st). Cancellation fees will be calculated at 50% of the course fee if cancellations occur within 20 – 2 days (48 hours) of a workshop. No refund will be given for cancellations within 48 hours of a workshop.

Alex Barrie

“When deciding to undertake the Emmett 4 Dogs course I said to myself ‘Begin at Level 1, sleep on it, see how you feel and then decide whether you’d like to proceed’. This frugal attitude went entirely out the window after halfway through the first day when I approached Tony and requested I be signed up for the entire course. I simply HAD to know the technique!

Since then I have avidly looked forward to and enjoyed every module of the course. It is by far and away the most enjoyable CPD I have ever undertaken; lovely dogs; fantastic, like-minded people; enjoyable technique to deliver and astounding, immediate results.

Be forewarned; it’s wonderfully addictive!”

Alex Barrie – Emmett Practitioner

Fiona Ross

Learning EMMETT 4 Animals is one of the greatest decisions I have made.

Learning with Tony Sherry is fun, relaxed, and informative! Tony is extremely knowledgeable, and creates a great learning environment to build confidence.

Starting with the EMMETT 4 Animals Dog short course, this was a great introduction to the EMMETT Technique. In this jam packed day of learning we saw great changes in our rescue dog, so much so I signed up to complete the EMMETT 4 Animals Dog Practitioner course. This really has been Life changing for me and our Dogs. Since learning to touch the lives of dogs with this technique it really has made my Life feel full of purpose!

If you are thinking of taking part in a short course and/or practitioner course, this is the beginning of something so incredible you will wonder why you hadn’t started before!

Thank you Tony for bringing EMMETT into our lives.

Fiona Ross – Emmett Horse and Dog Practitioner

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    Join a workshop and learn the EMMETT Technique!

    Whether you are interested in people or animals, are an experienced therapist or simply wanting to learn some easy techniques to help yourself, your family, your friends or your animal friends, there is a workshop just right for you.

    Practitioner Courses.  These are extended courses for those wishing to add a professional qualification to their existing tool kit or for those wishing to train in EMMETT as their first therapy. They include:  The EMMETT Technique Practitioner Course (for people), the EMMETT Horse Practitioner Course and the EMMETT Dog Practitioner Course.

    Introductory Short 1-day Courses.  These are primarily designed for non-professionals looking for some easy self-help techniques that can also be used to assist family, friends and animals. They include: The EMM-Tech Short Course (for people), the EMMETT Horse Short Course and the EMMETT Dog Short Course. They are also an ideal low cost introduction for trained therapists to see what EMMETT is all about.

    EMMETT Technique Practitioner Dog training is designed for qualified animal professionals, dog owners and anyone interested in extending their skills. The dog practitioner course is divided into two-day learning blocks, called Levels with 5 Levels in total. Material covered in the previous Level is reviewed before new work is covered. This ensures that all participants are up to date and ready to learn new material. The total course therefore consists of 11 days.

    This course is recognised by the International Association of Animal Therapists and the Complementary Health Professionals (CHP).

    Level Course Structure

    • Level 1 – Two days of learning both Dog and Handler corrections.
    • Level 2 – First day review of Level 1, second day new Level 2 work.
    • Level 3 – First day review of Level 2, second day new Level 3 work.
    • Level 4 – First day review of Level 3, second day new Level 4 work.
    • Level 5 – First day review of Level 4, second day new Level 5 work.
    • Level 5 Assessment -At Level 5 Review, a written & practical assessment will be offered and a Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded when a pass is achieved. This qualifies the participant as an EMMETT Technique Dog Practitioner. Assessment is optional. A Certificate of Attendance is provided where the participant is not assessed.

    Further info

    Levels are generally offered 6 – 8 weeks apart in any 1 location to allow participants to gain real experience with the technique between levels. Therefore, it is usually possible to complete the full course within 12 months. The course can be completed sooner if a student wishes to do so and is willing to travel.

    Advanced EMMETT Training

    At this time we do not have advance training for the canine course.


    We are very proud of the instructing team. They do a great job in creating an enjoyable learning environment that has students hungering for the next level!  They are passionate about sharing EMMETT, have a very welcoming and friendly approach, explain and demonstrate clearly, and all have prior experience in teaching & instructing.

    Tony Sherry

    Tony Sherry

    Senior Instructor and Director of EMMETT 4 Animals UK & Ireland.  Tutor of EMMETT instructors and tutors.

    His previous experience was working as a Nurse and in Adult Intensive Care for over 20 years. He has been teaching the EMMETT Technique since 2014. Based in Kent, he teaches both equine and dog classes all over the UK and Ireland and has taught Internationally.

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    Tel: 07748 187 458

    Chris Price

    Chris Price

    Instructor for Dog corses and EMM-Tech Tutor.

    Her background is in Complementary therapy. She has been teaching EMMETT since 2018. She is based in the South East mainly teaches classes in that area.

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    Tel: 07827 017087

    Alex Barrie

    Trainee Instructor for Dog courses and EMM-Tech Tutor.

    His background includes Personal Training. He has been teaching EMMETT since 2018. He is based in the Berkshireshire mainly teaches classes in that area.

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    Tel: 07795 650964

    Alex Barrie

    Claire Stone

    Claire Stone

    Claire is an experienced Complementary Health Practitioner with a huge passion for her work and in  particular the EMMETT Technique.  She is a Certified Advanced Level 6 Practitioner, EMM-Tech Tutor and EMMETT Technique UK Instructor for people and dogs. And has a successful practise in Derby, where she offers specialist bespoke treatments incorporating EMMETT Therapy, Massage and ScarWork. Claire’s teaching style is practical, fun, knowledgeable and down to earth, she has enormous passion for what she does and enjoys sharing and imparting this to others.

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    Tel: 07908 254 175